Friday, July 13, 2012
- by B.B. Branton
For defender Nick Chase and his Chattanooga Football Club teammates the magic number is three.
CFC (6-1-3) travels to Conyers, Ga. tonight at 8 p.m. to face Georgia Revolution (7-2-1) for the National Premier Soccer League Southeastern Conference championship with the winner advancing to the NPSL Final Four in San Diego, July 27-29.
“This is a huge match for us as the winner keeps playing with a shot at the championship and the loser goes home,” said Chase who is in his third season and second as a starter with CFC after playing one college season at Lee University and three years at Florida International University.
Chattanooga was NPSL runner-up in 2010, but failed to make the playoffs in 2011.
While Chase, 22, is early in his pro career and continues in search of a title, his grandfather, former major league pitcher Camilo Pascual, 78, will be honored Saturday for his excellent pro career as he will be inducted into the Minnesota Twins hall of fame.
“This is a great honor for me and I am thrilled to be inducted into the Twins hall of fame,” said Pascual who currently serves as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is the Twins 12th hall of fame induction class and Pascual joins three former Chattanooga Lookouts already in the franchise’s hall – Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison and Jim Kaat.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1934, Pascual was signed by the Washington Senators in 1952, made his major league debut in 1954, gained his first big league win in April of that year, and pitched 18 years for six teams with 174 wins and 2,167 strikeouts. He pitched seven seasons with the Senators and six with the Twins.
“I remember playing at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga in the 1950s with Harmon and Bob and other Senators in exhibition games as we headed North for the start of each season after spring training in Florida,” stated Pascual who was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
“That was a big park and great for pitchers, especially the left field wall with the big scoreboard.”
He was a two-time, 20-game winner for the Twins (1961, ’62) and led the American League in complete games (3), shutouts (3) and strikeouts three straight years, 1961-62-63.
“Two of my biggest memories was winning the pennant in 1965 and playing in the World Series and winning 20 games for the first time (1962),” said Pascual who was a five-time All-Star and had one of the most feared curve balls in the majors.
“My 20th win in 1962 came on the last day of the season as Harmon Killebrew drove in the winning run and I won 1-0,” hel stated.
Pascual’s grandson would also be happy with a 1-0 win tonight and a chance at the league championship in two weeks.
Talented Family: Chase comes from a long line of athletes in the Pascual family as his sister, Kristina Chase Heredia, played soccer at Lee University and two of Pascual’s sons played pro baseball.
Heredia was a three-time All-American and led Lee University to four straight trips to the NAIA national final four and a national championship in 2008, the first of four straight national titles for the Flames.
Her husband, Ivan Heredia, played college soccer at Lee University and also played two years with CFC.
While Chase is in Conyers, Ga. tonight pursuing a soccer win, his sister and their mom, Maria Chase (Pascual’s daughter) are in Minneapolis to honor the hard-throwing right-hander from a couple of generations ago.
For the Pascual family, it could be a hall of fame type weekend in more ways than one.
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